Kano ranks highest in Nigeria’s out of school children figure

By Temitope Mustapha, Kano.
Kano State now ranks highest in Nigeria in the population of Out of School Children with a total number of 1,496,736, children not enrolled in schools.
Among whom 752,180 are Girls based on 2006 National Population Census data and MICs report of 2016-2017.
Primary School enrollment in the State is also put at 3,776,924 pupils among whom 1,981,847 are girls.
The pupil -Teacher ratio in Kano State based on the Annual School Census report of 2018/2019 is 71: 1.
These were made known in the fact sheet presented by the UNICEF Education Specialist, Mutaka Muktar ,during the maiden event jointly organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board and the UNICEF to commemorate the  2020 International Day of Education in Nigeria.
Muktar who made it known that the event concurrently held in Kano and Borno States further disclosed that Kano State also recorded a total number of 1,795,077 pre-primary and primary male total enrolment figure in public basic schools.
Kano State Chairman of Basic Education Board, Dr Danlami Hayyo ,called on every child of  the State to demand for informal education which he said is their right.
The Coordinator of the Girls Education Project GEP3, in Kano State,
Muktar Ado Jubril,  said GEP3 participation in the celebration of the 2020 International Day of the education is to tell the world that Girls have rights and that they have equal rights with boys.
According to him, “the girls have key roles to play in the elongation and continuation of the SDGs”
On the intervention programmes of GEP3 in the State, Jubril said the initiative is focused on three focal areas of Governance,training of School Based Management Committee SBMC and Centre Based Management Committees CBMCs.
GEP3 has trained SBMCs and CBMCs ,we are also engaged in the training of teachers and in the provision of support training programmes for integrated Quranic schools” Jubril said.
“By modalities we make our teachers to be pupils centred in Kano through active learning principles “.
GEP 3 is a Girls’ Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3), funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which aims at contributing to improved social and economic opportunity for girls in northern Nigeria through increased enrolment, completion, and retention.
Meanwhile, Kano State Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru earlier said the enrollment level of the out of school children in the State has increased, as over 500,000 of the children are now back to school.
The Commissioner said the state witnessed drastic increase in enrollment following numerous intensive interventions put in place by the State goverment and the declaration of free and compulsory Education Kano State.
According to Sanusi-Kiru , “the 2018 report of World Bank says Kano has over 900,000 out of school children. But our own statistics as I am talk to you is revealing over 400,000 and their own statistics was 2018 and that was before the introduction of this free and compulsory education in the State”
“So with the introduction now, we are saying that no any father or mother should pay a kobo for their children, we are going to give them feeding, uniform and instructional materials, all free of charge”
24th of January was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Education to honour education and it’s centrality to human well being and sustainable development.
The 2020 celebration of the International Day of Education is to position education , to reaffirm the role of education as a fundamental right, as public good and enabler of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The theme for 2020 : Learning for people ,Planet,Prosperity and Peace.
Pupils from ten primary schools across Kano State participated in an Art/drawing workshop which reflects the world they find themselves as well as it’s edcerse effects on the people and the planet.
Lateefah Ibrahim